These bills passed during the Kentucky General Assembly session. The bills have been signed into law by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, except where otherwise noted. The texts of all bills may be read at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/
Doubles the number of state inspections at underground mining operations and requires coal companies to provide more methane detectors to monitor for the explosive gas. HB207.
Raises the speed limit on rural Kentucky interstate highways and parkways from 65 mph to 70 mph, but only after the Transportation Cabinet completes studies to determine if the higher speed limit is safe on particular routes. SB83.
Requires registered sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses and other Internet identities on the state's sex offender registry. SB65.
FIRE SAFE CIGARETTES
Requires all cigarettes sold in Kentucky to be fire safe, which means they go out when left unattended. The requirement takes effect next year, giving tobacco companies time to get ready. SB134.
Increases the $5.15 an hour minimum wage in increments beginning this summer. By July 2009, the minimum wage will reach $7.25. HB305.
Provides a package of financial incentives worth about $200 million to Ford in an effort to get the company to keep two manufacturing plants in Kentucky. HB536
Appropriates $6 million for safety protections for social workers. The bill was named in honor of Henderson social worker Boni Frederick, who was murdered last year when she took an infant to visit his biological mother. Not yet signed by the governor. SB59.
Makes forcing someone to work in domestic jobs, on farms, in industrial settings or in the sex trade a felony in Kentucky. SB43.
Makes bluegrass the state's official music. HB71.
Forbids Internet pharmacies from providing prescription drugs to Kentuckians without an in-person medical exam. SB88. Not yet signed by the governor.
Creates the Kentucky Wounded or Disabled Veterans Program to helped injured soldiers get the federal, state and private benefits they're entitled to. HB225.
Expands eligibility of state education benefits to families of deceased or disabled veterans. HB128.
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